Search for Truth - Lesson 5
As taught by Bob Morgans  - (Click Here for Video)

We are starting Lesson Number 5, which shows the general view of the New Testament. This first part is one of the most important parts of this Bible Study. The general theme of the New Testament is we have found him of whom Moses and the law and the prophets did write – Jesus Christ of Nazareth the son of God - St. John 1:45. The New Testament scriptures are lined up in a similar way as the Old Testament only in a little more chronological order, but by author and time period writings leading up to the crucifixion and after the crucifixion. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are ahead of the writings of Romans, etc. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the history of Jesus Christ. The life and everyday activities of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Acts is the first place in the New Testament scriptures where somebody went from a sinner to a saint. It's the action of the apostles after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and actually begins with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Romans to Jude are letters to churches or to people in churches. Timothy is not a church, but he is a young man who is in a church. Then come the general epistles to the church at large by Peter, John, Philemon, Titus and so on. The book of Revelation is a whole book in itself, which tells what has happened and what will happen in time to come. We'll look at that in the last two lessons. We will spend about four lessons in the New Testament side and then two lessons in Revelation when completing the series of lessons. I hope you have enjoyed these lessons so far.

Let me look at the letters to the churches. Here is where the confusion starts. Some Bible readers try to get some things way ahead of others. If we don't get the grades in order, then we misinterpret what God is trying to say in the teaching. For instance the book of Romans is not written to you or I or else it would have our name on it. When I am in Liberia I say to them if Paul were writing to the church in Liberia he might say that your hunger for the knowledge of God is spoken of throughout the whole world. Or some other circumstance that has just happened in their country that he might speak about. The book of Romans was not written to Liberia. It was written to the church at Rome. In Romans 1:6-7-8, Paul said to the church at Rome, "Beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." So everybody was talking about how much faith the church at Rome had. The church at Rome had faith. They were already believers and were baptized. They were the church of Rome. Did they have some problems? Sure they had some problems. That is why Paul was addressing them because there had been no apostle on record that had gone to the church at Rome and set out exactly how they should act and conduct themselves. In Romans 6 Paul is saying ;

" Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" You are not to continue in sin. God forbid. It appeared that the Roman church thought that if there is much mercy and much grace that they could continue sinning. After all there is a lot of grace and mercy. That was not the point at all. Paul is trying to correct that thinking among them. Tthey were disputing over who would baptize who and so on. Romans 7-8-9 are talking about the faith of the Roman church and resurrection power. It is talking about many, many things. It is saying that the resurrection power dwells in you. The same resurrection power that brought the body of Jesus Christ up out of the grave in fact dwells in you. It is going to quicken your mortal body. It will resurrect you up in the last day. He is talking about operating by faith. He goes on in Romans 9 and he says that the Jews operated the law perfectly – Romans 9:30 – but they didn't do it with faith. Their righteousness was void. If we are going to have the righteousness of God as Gentiles, we must operate in faith and this will be accounted unto us for righteousness. He is talking about faith and how to operate in Christ thru faith, continue in faith, live in faith, walk in faith, and die in faith and be counted unto righteousness. In Romans 10:9 Paul is not trying to tell the Roman church how to get in the church. He is not talking to sinners. He is talking to believers. If I am sitting in your presence you are not going to tell me to come in the have a seat. I am already there. As you are reading this or hearing this I am not going to tell you to begin reading or listening. You are already reading or listening. Paul is telling them how to stay in the church, continue to believe and continue to confess. He goes on to address other issues.

In Corinthians there are certain problems that existed in that church. It's the church in the City of Corinth. If you want to see how the Ephesus church started, go to Acts 19. That is were Paul found them and that is where it started. We'll talk about that later. But as you look at the Corinth church in I and II Corinthians, Paul said "Hey, there is a guy in your church who is sleeping with his mama. Throw him out! Get rid of this guy". We want his soul to be saved but we can't allow this man to sit in the church and call it okay. He might be your friend, deal with it. So the Corinthian church made some corrections. Paul writes in the second letter – he is applauding them for having dealt with those corrections and how his joy is full, etc.

We also find Paul writing to Timothy. Timothy, you are a young man but you are wise and have the faith of your mother and grandmother. Don't let people despise that, rebuke and exhort. He is giving him instructions as an elder would a young man that is a little inhibited by everything that God has laid on him. He is not quite sure what he should be doing and not to be doing. Paul is telling Timothy how to act as a young apostle, and how to conduct himself. Paul is telling this to Timothy. Anyone who reads the book of Timothy needs to know that Paul is talking to Timothy. He is not talking to some teenager that this teenager should correct his parents and rebuke them with all longsuffering and doctrine. He is not saying that. He is talking to Timothy. Now if we are going to apply these verses then we need to know to whom they are written and what the story line is in the verse line. What was the problem in the church and how to apply it. As I said at the very outset the apostles didn't have the New Testament. They won their world and all they had was the Old Testament and their experiences. They said clearly that the Old Testament was a schoolmaster that led them to Christ. The Apostles said that and they won their world. We are trying to win our world by using the New Testament. The New Testament wasn't intended to win our world. The New Testament is a history of how the apostles won their world using the Old Testament verses. In the book of Romans Paul is continuously quoting Old Testament verses. As a matter of fact that was all he had to quote. He refers to the Old Testament and sets them straight on how they should act and conduct themselves.

Saints of God if we are going to win our world let's take them by way of Jesus Christ thru the Old Testament. The New Testament is a history of how they won their world by using the Old Testament. But is the New Testament valid for us today? Sure it is. The New Testament validates what we are doing. It validates the Old Testament. We will see that real clearly as we begin to flip the pages.

John the Baptist was on the scene. The Old Testament is still in play here with John the Baptist. John the Baptist was still under the law and the law was still being carried out. John the Baptist came on the scene preaching Christ. John told many prophesies concerning Christ and he fulfilled some. He was a forerunner to Jesus Christ. He preached repentance. Repentance was a theme of all the Old Testament. I know that virtually every church says, "Oh yes, I believe in repentance!" But, we have dumbed down the sins so that there are no real sins to repent of anymore. I suppose murder, well, no we believe in abortion and that is murder, so what sins are we preaching that are yet to be repented off? John said Jesus was going to baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
When Jesus came he was the spirit of God. God in Christ. He reconciled the world to himself the Bible says. Jesus came and we know about the birth of Christ, the baptism of Christ. When we think about the baptism of Jesus Christ. Why did Jesus get baptized? It wasn't because he had sins. He got baptized as an example to us. He knew that all the way thru the Old Testament you were damned or saved by water. He knew that it was important for water baptism. Jesus didn't do anything by accident. I see that Jesus went and prepared himself in a time of fasting and prayer. The Bible said that he was led by the spirit into the desert for prayer and fasting. It says that when he came out, he came out full of power! Jesus is still teaching us here. I don't know what grade we are in maybe 12th grade but he is teaching us that it is the word of God that still stands and is the capable weapon to use against the devil. It doesn't matter what your faith level is, if you use the word of God against the devil, it is true whether you believe it or not. The Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee from you. Sometimes you are weak in faith. Jesus would have been weak in this time in his life after having fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. He probably had lack of sleep from praying and fasting. God was trying to get that flesh of his in line. Yet when he came out he could have spoken words as God spoke thru him, but no Jesus quoted words that were already written in the Old Testament. To resist the devil, he showed us what we need to do. It is, to quote words that are already written to resist the devil. So Jesus was our prime example.

In the early days of Jesus Christ's ministry, we see that he dealt with all the areas and avenues of our lives. He dealt with sickness, healing the sick, raising of the dead, opening the blinded eyes; he saw miracles, casting out devils, and the spiritual realm. Jesus taught in parables and he did some very unusual things. I like the parable of the treasure hidden in a field. It is interesting in itself but it is a lesson that deals with the treasures of Christ. It deals with being rid of the things the world has to offer us. We can't hang on to that old field and reap the new field. The religious world around us teaches us that you can have both. That is not possible. It won't happen. Many of the parables that Jesus taught – he said he hid it from the wise and revealed it unto babes. It is important when we look at the parables that we ask God to show us if our heart is right – LORD what is this you are trying to show me? What do you want me to know from this particular parable? Just as his disciples did when they were dealing with him. In this lesson Jesus deals with all the different elements of the spiritual body. Note: If I were in somebody's home and they didn't know about these particular areas or they had sickness I would pray with them for deliverance or healing.


Study Sheet

LESSON NO. 5 - Coverage: General View of New Testament, to Christ's 
               Earthly Ministry
General View of the New Testament
       1. "We have found Him ... Jesus of Nazareth." -John 1:45; 
          1 Pet 1:10-12
      2.  Division of books - 2 Tim. 2:15
          a.  4 books - gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
          b.  1  book - history of early church (Acts)
          c.  14 books - Pauline epistles
               7  books - General epistles
          d.  1  book - prophecy (Revelation)
          e.  27 books, 8 authors, covering 100 years
John the Baptist
       1.  During the 400 silent years, the world power shifted from Medes and
          Persians to Greece and then to Rome.
      2.  Prophecies concerning John the Baptist - Isa. 40:3-5; Mal. 3:1;
          Mark 1:2,3
      3.  John was the forerunner of Jesus Christ - Mark 1:2; Luke 1:15-17,
          Luke 1:76-80
      4.  He preached repentance and baptism - Mark 1:4-8
      5.  Jesus' testimony concerning John - Matt. 11:7-15
Jesus Christ, "The Hope of the World"
       1.  Prophecies concerning him - Micah 5:2; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-23
      2.  The birth of Jesus Christ - Matt. 2:1-11; Luke 2tl-7
      3.  At the age of 12 years, Jesus was found in the temple reasoning 
          with the scribes - Luke 2:46,47
      4.  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist -Luke 3:21,22; Matt 3:13-17
      5.  Before beginning His ministry. Jesus was tempted in the 
          wilderness - Matt. 4:l-ll
Christ's Earthly Ministry
       1.  Jesus chooses twelve disciples - Mark 1:16-20; Luke 6:13-16; 
          Matt. 10:2-4
      2.  Jp,,dus used two means to attract people - His miracles and His 
          teaching - Matt. 4:21-21;
      3.  He used three kinds of miracles - those in the sphere of nature, 
          those wherein He displayed authority over disease and death, and 
          those in which He controlled demons.
      4.  Miracle of turning water into wine - John 2:1-11
      5.  Miracles of feeding the multitudes - Luke 9:12-17; Mark 8:1-9
      6.  Miracle of calming the sea - Luke 8:22-25
      7.  Miracle of healing the man with the palsy - Mark 2:1-12
      8.  Miracle of opening blind eyes - Matt. 9:27-30; John 9:1-7
      9.  Miracle of raising from the dead the widow of Nain's son
          - Luke 7:11-15
     10.  Miracle of raising Lazarus 4 days after his death - John 11:39-44
     11.  Miracle of raising Jairus' daughter from the dead - Mark 5:35-42
     12.  Miracle of casting out demons - Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-36
     13.  Physical afflictions caused by demon powers that Jesus healed -
          Matt. 12:22; Matt. 9:32,33; Matt. 8:16; Luke 13:11
     14.  The danger of not being filled with the Spirit of God 
          - Matt 12:43-45
     15.  Our insurance against demon possession - Eph. 6:10-18
     16.  Authority given believers to cast out devils - Matt 10:1; Mk 16:17
     17.  Jesus taught in parables - Matt. 13:10-17
          a. Parable of the sower - Matt. 13:3@, 19-23; Mark 4:3-8, 14-20
          b. Parable of the hidden treasure - Matt. 13:44
          c. Parable of the mustard seed - Matt. 13:31,32; Matt. 17:20

The end of lesson 5.  God bless you!

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